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Old 30-10-2015, 15:07   #16
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Re: Dirty Little Secret

Last year, I was replacing several laptops in the office. I liked the ASUS. However........ Batteries are sealed in.

No way will I knowingly buy any product where I cannot replace the battery.

So, got 6 Acers instead.

VERY happy with quality and discount offered.


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Old 30-10-2015, 16:54   #17
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Re: Simrad CX34

Originally Posted by Lantau View Post
I know this is an oldish thread, but I wonder if anyone knows whether the Simrad CX34 chartplotter can be opened up to replace the internal battery. I assume it's more or less a watch battery soldered in.
I have a CP-32 MkII Color Chartplotter. Simrad replaced the battery and updated the software for about $100 several years ago when the battery quit. I know that others have not been so lucky.

Loss of the battery was not fatal to the chartplotter. It still worked. It just took longer to acquire a GPS fix on startup.

I have opened up the case to try and clean the touch pad contacts, and the repair looks much like the one in the Utube video except that the battery they installed is much bigger than the original.


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Re: Dirty Little Secret

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Well let's just have some real fun then....
The big oil companies are sitting on cold fusion to protect their profits....
Or how about....
Cat food is really dog food made into smaller pieces at double the price.
Let's go all in....
Cat owners are really power boaters that can't admit it!
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Re: Dirty Little Secret

I got the internal battery out of my Simrad CX34. It was as far inside the unit as possible, requiring removal of the screen, a layer of circuits and the motherboard, and of course a soldering iron to get it off the board. Then I went looking for a replacement. The only place I could find a similar battery (same battery, different pins) wanted to sell me a USED one with a manufacturing date of ten years ago (he didn't realize that the month and year were on the thing).

When I bought my boat I had "Cheat me" tattooed to my forehead.

I ordered a battery online. Less than $10 including shipping.
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Re: Dirty Little Secret

A lithium nonrechargeable battery will last 10 years and more on the shelf. Not so a Li-ion rechargeable.

Newer is better of course with any battery if the quality of manufacture is reliable.


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Re: Dirty Little Secret

Originally Posted by FlyingCloud1937 View Post
The marine industry Dirty Little Secrete is....the lith-ion battery.

They are solder in, and have a average lifetime of 6 years, some last up to 10years, but the design life is 5 goes lith-ion bat.

So what happens?

The lith-bat is responsible for non-volatile memory. So when the bat goes, so does the boot sector, or the persistent data.

Well then lets just replace the lith-bat.

If it happens with in 5 years, there may or may not be a tech/dealer capable of the repair.

But in many cases, the unit is hermetically sealed, which means that, it is non repairable.

So if you buy from the big 4, expect that 5-7 is the investment period.

Exactly what marine device(s) are we talking about here? Make, model?

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